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The Most Intelligent Zodiac Signs

The Most Intelligent Zodiac Signs

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There are lots of different ways to be intelligent. You could be book-smart, have an analytical mind, be naturally creative, or incredibly good at reading and understanding other people.

These different types of intelligence will mean that you will excel in different areas of life. You can get an inkling of which way you might be inclined from your zodiac sign.

While Virgo, Scorpio, and Aquarius tend to have sharp analytics intelligence, Pisces and Libra understand people, while Cancer has a high level of emotional intelligence.

Let’s take a look at all the zodiac signs and what their main intelligence strengths are.

Aries (21 March-19 April) – Determined Growth Mindset

Aries are not only ambitious, but pretty savvy as well. When they want to learn something they have the determination to master it.

While Aries’ laser focus results in fantastic determination, they can be so focused that they miss things on the periphery that might help them reach their goals even faster.

But what sets Aries apart is that they have a growth mentality. They aren’t afraid to take risks and fail forward. They know that one failure isn’t the end, it is just an opportunity to learn and do better next time.

Taurus (April 21-May 21) – Structured Minds

Taurus has a natural intelligence that let’s them see structure where others see chaos. They also thrive in structured education environments that utilize learning goals and exams. Taurus tests well.

Taurus excels when attention to detail and spotting patterns is required, so they often do well in mathematics and the sciences. They aren’t afraid to wade through the data.

However, Taurus can suffer from a fixed mindset. They can decide not to continue with something if they aren’t good at it right away, as they don’t like to be embarrassed.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) – Quick Witted

Few people think faster on their feet or do as well in unexpected situations as Gemini. They pick up on new ideas quickly and always have a random bit of information to add to the conversation.

If Gemini doesn’t excel academically, it is because of their short attention span. They often don’t have the patience to see things through, unless it is a topic that truly inspires them.

But their eclectic nature means that Gemini is who you want on your quiz team. It is surprising just how much general knowledge they have accumulated and can recall.

Cancer (June 22-July 22) – Empathetic and Intuitive

While you will meet some very bright Cancers, you wouldn’t generally define this sign as academically intelligent. This is largely because they are not motivated by academic success, and therefore don’t really apply themselves to this type of study.

But Cancer is probably the most emotionally intelligent sign in the zodiac. They have a very good understanding of their own emotions, even if they can’t control them, and they seem to effortlessly understand the emotions and needs of others in an almost psychic way.

They also have very good instincts, which tend to lead them in the right direction, even if they can’t explain to you exactly why.

Leo (Jul 23-Aug 22) – Canny and Charismatic

Leo has a talent for spotting opportunities wherever they are, and can see possibility and potential where others don’t. This is one of the reasons that they often seem to have great success out of nowhere.

Those born under Leo don’t tend to do well in traditional education as they don’t apply themselves. They tend to think that they are born with a certain level of intelligence and that it is not necessarily worth working on top of that.

But Leo has charismatic intelligence. They know how to make themselves appear both powerful and warm in a way that makes other people gravitate towards them. They also tend to know exactly what someone else needs to give them the confidence boost to get something done.

Virgo (Aug 23-Sept 22) – Highly Intelligent

Virgo is probably one of the smartest signs because they mix a variety of different types of intelligence. They are analytical but also highly creative, which makes them good at solving problems. Virgo is also very detailed focussed, so they don’t tend to miss anything.

Virgo is also good at reading people and situations, largely because they are always paying attention and so catch the little things that others miss. They also have a prodigious memory for pretty much everything.

Virgo’s biggest challenge is that they tend to overanalyze to the point of obsession. They can also be reticent to share their opinions, as they are very self-protective.

Libra (Sept 23-Oct 23) – People Smart

Libras are people smart rather than book smart. They are very good at reading people, and also very good at manipulating them to get what they want.

Libra don’t tend to excel academically, because the kind of independent study that is required doesn’t appeal to them. They tend to get bored and want to move onto other things.

But Libra has a natural level of intelligence that allows them to float through life as a butterfly. However, they can take failures badly and can stop believing in themselves if they suffer setbacks.

Scorpio (23 Oct-21 Nov) – Master Manipulators

People born under Scorpio are also highly intelligent. They are particularly good at bringing together lots of different information to see the bigger picture.

Scorpio also have a very sharp wit and tend to know exactly the right thing to say at any given moment, whether that be to get a laugh or push someone’s buttons. They aren’t afraid to use their intelligence to manipulate others to get what they want.

Scorpio’s intelligence does mean that they can fall into the trap of overthinking and can have a tendency to read too much into situations and over-analyze.

Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 21) – Quick On Their Feet

People born under Sagittarius tend to be more interested in doing than thinking, and they will often act without thinking. This means that they fail often, but also that they have lots of opportunities to learn, and Sagittarius isn’t afraid to learn.

Because Sagittarius accumulates life experience so rapidly, they tend to have a lot of examples to draw on when making decisions and judgments, which helps them significantly.

But Sagittarius tend to be so high energy and active that they are moving too quickly to read people or accurately assess the value of things. So, their lessons are often learned the hard way.

Capricorn (Dec 22-Jan 19) – Analytical Minds

Capricorns have great memories, and they are good at bringing together lots of different pieces of information to draw a bigger picture. They are the data analysts of the zodiac.

But Capricorn can lack creativity and be risk-averse, which is why they are often better working behind the scenes dotting the Is and crossing the Ts than doing the big picture work.

People born under Capricorn are often able to do more with their intelligence than other people, because they are persistent and never give up. They will never be diverted by a setback.

Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 18) – Cerebral Philosophers

Aquarius is another sign with an intellectual and analytical mind. They are highly cerebral and like to discuss the deeper philosophical and existential questions behind even the simplest things.

When something catches Aquarius’ interest, they will go deep with it, and quickly become an expert.

People born under Aquarius know how intelligent they are, and they think pretty highly of their own opinions. They can be a little dismissive of the opinions and perspectives of others.

Pisces (Feb 19-March 20) – Emotionally Intelligent

Pisces leads the pack when it comes to emotional intelligence and reading people, and they are also highly creative and make fantastic artists.

But they don’t have the same level of analytical intelligence as some of the other signs. They follow their gut, and they often can’t explain how they know what they know.

People born under Pisces also tend to get caught up in their own ideas and imagination, and struggle to focus on the details. But this is why they are always creating the new and unexpected.

What’s Your Zodiac IQ?

What is your natural intelligence zone that you excel in?

But remember, no one’s intelligence is fixed and there is nothing you cannot learn if you have enough desire and apply yourself. Even as adults, the human brain is highly plastic. Anything is possible.

Cody Levuranth

Friday 28th of January 2022

I'm a Libra, IQ of 178


Saturday 29th of May 2021

I really don't like these ranking lists, I find them speculative, irresponsible and more often than not falling into the pitfall of flattening a sign in order to pigeon hole them to get a nice and catchy list format.

Admittedly, I have my own personal gripes with lists like these. I'm a Cancer and my whole life I've heard how my sign is dumb and overemotional which has alienated me from pursuing intellectual activities and kept me from discovering my love of puzzles and problem solving. I'm a Cancer so how could I be good at that? All I'm good for is baking cookies and being an anti-vaxx Karen of a mom. I've felt extremely uncomfortable with my sign for my whole life and lists like this that without a failure assign me this thin and unfulfilling role of an emotional empath or homemaker with no intellectual depth are a prime example of why.

Emerald Rose

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

@d, as a Libra, I definitely understand. Maybe not to the utmost extent but I can get a pretty good idea. Pop astrology culture labels us as dumb or just people smart. This list is a lot better than before and I highly respect the author but it still has some misconceptions. Librans come in second place with the most Nobel Prize winners (93) with Gemini only passing by four more. We do excell academically more often than not. Air signs value logic above emotions and Libra is an air sign. I agree that we can get bored easily but not when it comes to something we value which is one reason why Libra is a very logical sign. Gemini gets bored easily too but is still considered one of the most intelligent signs. It's a double standard to use that logic to say libras are less intellectual but still consider another sign one of the smartest who has the same issue. So I can see where you're coming from. Stereotypes suck.If it helps, I absolutely love cancers. My bff is a cancer and she's extremely intelligent and kind. I honestly don't think most of you or all of you are dumb. Just because someone is emotional doesn't mean they are incapable of being logical. I've never had a problem with any of you.

Emerald Rose

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Aww. My most recent comment was deleted. 30 minutes of my life wasted. Sorry if I said something wrong. The list I made was just my opinion and I wasn't in any way trying to undermine the list that you made. I hope this cleared things up!

Emerald Rose

Thursday 20th of May 2021

@Jessica,Thanks for the heads up. Have a great night!


Monday 10th of May 2021

@Emerald Rose, hey, I'm not sure why you can't see the comment with all your work in it any more, but it is still here and visible for me. Perhaps it was pending approval and that's why you couldn't see it. But you should be able to see it now.

Emerald Rose

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

I'm surprised to find libra so low on the list. Libra is an air sign and the element air represents analytical intelligence among other things. Libra is no exception. Pop astrology culture tends to imply that Librans are dumb just because they admire and care about beauty. They're vain and manipulative but dumb they are not. The scales that represent libra also are said by many astrologers to weigh contrasting arguments to reach a fair and well balanced conclusion. It symbolizes how Librans think. Another example is that the Greek goddess that is associated with libra is either thought to be Athena, the goddess of wisdom/intelligence, or Themis, the goddess of truth, law, and justice, both of which are associated with knowledge. They're definitely not the smartest sign and are the least smart of the three air signs but if we're going to be truthful, they should be 5th or 6th on the list. I would love to hear from the maker of this list why Librans were placed so low if they have the time. I could be wrong and I'm open to conversation.

Emerald Rose

Thursday 20th of May 2021

@Jessica, thank you so much for responding! I know life can be very crazy during these times so I really appreciate the interaction. I like how you connect with your audience. It's a really great quality to have.


Monday 10th of May 2021

@Emerald Rose, wow, thanks so much for this thoughtful response! I love engaging with differing perspectives as it helps me refine and improve my own. Thank you for offering so much value to the article.

Emerald Rose

Friday 7th of May 2021

@Jessica, this is personally how I would list them but I'm not saying that this is the right or most efficient way. I'm also not saying that you should rank them this way.

1. Aquarius. Aquarians are air signs and the element air represents logical and analytical thinking. They are also ruled by Uranus (the innovative planet of genius)

2. Scorpio. Scorpios are very good at analyzing the world around them. They also have a very sharp mind and can think quickly. Astrologers at the school of Mayo clinic consider Aquarius and Scorpio to be the two smartest signs.

3. Virgo. Virgo is deeply intelligent and analytical. I put them as third instead of first because they tend to focus on the little details which often don't matter as much and end up missing the big picture. Don't get me wrong. They are extremely smart. But while pretty much all astrologers consider Virgo as one of the top smartest signs, most do not consider them as THE smartest sign.

4. Gemini. Gemini is extremely intelligent and has a wide variety of knowledge. But sometimes that knowledge can be shallow because Geminis are very spontaneous so they often flit from one subject to the next without really going deep into them. But Geminis have in fact come in first place as the zodiac with the most Nobel prize winners so they definitely can have the discipline to study in depth if they really want to.

5. Libra. I put libra down as fifth because all signs under and element inherit specific traits from that element. Libra is ruled by air which symbolizes logical thinking and the realm of ideas which are traits that all air signs possess. Libra is also symbolized by the scales which define libra's characteristic of weighing contrasting ideas and arguments to reach a fair and well balanced conclusion. They are also open minded and come in second place with the most Nobel prize winners, with Gemini only passing by four. But a lot of libras are too indecisive to choose what to study and when as well as have trouble coming to concrete solutions. But Librans are at a high chance of intelligence if they choose to have the discipline to study.

6. Capricorn. Capricorns are very intelligent and have the amazing capability to focus purely on logic without any emotions getting in the way. But the reason I put them after libra is because they tend to be very stubborn and not open to new ideas so if they believe in something that isn't true, they sometimes will not give up that belief even if they are told that it's wrong. But the majority of the time, this is not the case and they are very logical creatures.

7. Sagittarius. I think Sagittarians get a bad rep as unintelligent because they're impulsive and don't always think before they speak or do something. I put Sagittarius higher on the list though because they are ruled by the planet of Jupiter which is the planet of growth and expansion, including that of in the mind. They are also known to be highly open minded and philosophical. But Mercury is also in detriment in their sign so they can either be very intelligent or very dumb. It can go either way with this sign and there's a 50/50 chance.

8. Cancer. You're probably wondering why cancer is significantly higher on this list than yours. Yes, cancerians are extremely emotional which can often get in the way of being logical. But their emotionality can actually strengthen their academic intelligence if used correctly. If they feel strongly that they want to do well in school, then they will do everything in their power to study hard because they feel that it's important to them. Cancers also have a very good long term memory which can be used to their advantage in remembering information. But most of the time they let their emotions control them instead of using them to help in their studies which is why they're still low on the list.

9.Taurus. Taurus is very grounded so they do have the discipline to study. But they also are very stubborn and will continue thinking that they're right even if repeatedly proved wrong.

10. Aries is impulsive and is not known for being very bright. They often make quick reactions without thinking things through or considering all the factors. But Aries are obsessed with being the best in everything so they may use that drive to do well in academics.

11. Leo. Leo is ruled by the sun so they're usually thinking about themselves rather than studying. They find things where they can perform and be the star more entertaining than studying to learn more knowledge. Studying just isn't entertaining to them. Mercury, the planet of intelligence is also in its fall in this sign which means that Leo often lacks intellectual capabilities.

12. Pisces. Pisces is extremely emotionally intelligent. But not so much academically intelligent. Mercury is in detriment in their sign so they lack a lot of intellectual capabilities as well. But I put them lower than Leo even though their sign is in detriment of Mercury instead of fall because they're also ruled by Neptune, the planet of imagination and delusions. So they tend to be very delusional. But they are probably the most emotionally intelligent sign and even if they don't have strong academic intelligence, they are very wise.

Emerald Rose

Wednesday 5th of May 2021

@Jessica, thank you so much for your response! I look forward to re-reading this again if you get the chance to add the changes. It was nice talking to you!


Friday 30th of April 2021

@Emerald Rose, Hi, thanks for your comment. These ranking articles are often complicated. While it is often easy to determine which signs should be at the top of the list, after that it is very difficult. None of the signs are, of course, unintelligent. I guess what I focussed on here is traditional "academic intelligence", which I took to include not just natural intelligence, but also the drive to pursue that kind of knowledge and learning. I guess that is why I put Libra so far down on the list as they tend to use their intelligence for different things. But I completely take on board what you are saying here, and perhaps when I have the headspace, I will give the article a rethink. Thanks again.